Employee killed working on crane at Irving Forest
DIXFIELD, Maine - An Irving Forest Products employee was killed while performing maintenance on a crane in the company's log yard.
“We are devastated by this tragic loss of our friend and co-worker,” Jerome Pelletier, vice president of sawmills for Irving Forest Products in Maine, said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”
Christopher Pineau, 38, maintenance millwright for Irving Forest, was working on the crane when he was killed the morning of March 3. Pineau had been working at Irving since 2013.
Specific details regarding the accident have not yet been released. There appears to not have been any witnesses. Both OSHA and local police are investigating. Irving Forest said it is fully cooperating with both investigations.
Irving runs 11 sawmills throughout New Brunswick, Maine, and Nova Scotia. The company's Dixfield sawmill, located in Western Maine, is the largest producer of Eastern White Pine boards for interior and exterior finish applications, according to the company. Dixfield produces 88 million board feet annually.

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